Mount Sinai Hospital's Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI) is looking for individuals interested in becoming a Volunteer Emergency Advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. The Advocate is on call once a month in Manhattan or Queens to accompany people who have been recently sexually assaulted or domestically abused through their stay in the Emergency Room, so that they don't have to face the difficult decisions, emotions and follow-up procedures alone.
The work the Advocate does is invaluable, and SAVI Advocates alone helped more than 530 survivors in New York City Emergency Rooms last year -- that's almost 2 survivors a day!
New York still needs your help! Rape and Domestic Violence are still a huge problem in our communities -- but through SAVI, it is possible to make a difference.
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Emergency Room Advocate, please review the dates and information below, and then call the SAVI office at (212) 423-2140 or (718) 736-1288.
You will get certified by the Department of Health as a crisis counselor.
To get more information about SAVI, visit the website at www.mssm.edu/SAVI/.
Finally, if you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, raped or domestically abused, call the SAVI office to find out about the FREE & CONFIDENTIAL counseling and referral services available. Information:
SAVI Volunteer ER Advocates help support survivors of rape, domestic violence and incest who come into the Emergency Rooms of the following hospitals: (In Manhattan) Mount Sinai, Metropolitan, Lenox Hill, Harlem, North General and Cabrini; (in Queens) Elmhurst, Queens Hospital and Mount Sinai of Queens.
Applicants must live in Manhattan and Queens, within 20 minutes of one of the above hospitals, and undergo an interview and 40-hour training provided by SAVI. No previous experience is needed and you must be at least 21 years old.
Those who successfully complete the training will be on-call at least once a month to support survivors and their families.
Please call the main SAVI office at (212) 423-2140 or (718) 736-1288 to schedule an interview as soon as possible.